EWU names student trustee for 2013-14
Eastern Washington University senior Michael O’ Donnell will serve as the student member on the EWU board of trustees for the 2013-14 academic year. O’Donnell, who is set to graduate next June, was appointed to the eight-member board by Gov. Jay Inslee.
A graduate of Jenkins High School in Chewelah, Wash., O’Donnell is seeking a bachelor of arts in the School of Social Work, with a certificate in disability studies. The U.S. Army veteran is actively involved in helping the city of Cheney through community service, volunteering at the food bank and helping in the city’s annual cleanup efforts.
O’Donnell is passionate about EWU and is excited to be the voice of the student body while serving on the board.
“I want to give something back to the university and let students know they are an asset,” O’Donnell said. “My motivation stems from seeing our students and staff succeed and providing reassurance and support toward their educational needs and success.”
The board of trustees works with university president Rodolfo Arévalo to set the strategic direction of EWU, serve as advocates for the university and help ensure that Eastern is academically and financially accountable and successful.
“I look forward to working with Michael as he learns his new role as a Board of Trustee member,” Arévalo said. “I know that, given his experience, he will be a great addition to the board.”